What does “love inside out” mean?

God’s love fills us to overflowing and we pour out
that love into the world. It also means that God’s love is
sometimes unexpected — upside down & inside out.

We find strength in humility, abundance in generosity,
and life in death.


Hope Lutheran Church started as a mission church in 1993, first meeting in members’ homes and then at Little Lambs Preschool, transforming it each week into a place of worship. In 1995 the members of Hope raised the money to buy a piece of property and made plans to build a church one day. In 1996, having outgrown Little Lambs, services were moved to the Atascadero Lake Pavilion. Hope continued to grow, its members serving the community of Atascadero and supporting ELCA organizations and relief efforts worldwide. In August 2003, we moved into our present church home on San Gabriel Road.



Hope’s pastors are a husband and wife team who met in seminary and have worked together for more than 10 years. Pastor Liz is originally from Florida and went to Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Pastor Ryan is originally from Wisconsin and went to Ripon College. They met at Wartburg Theological Seminary and served at American Lutheran Church in Worthington, Minnesota before coming to Hope Lutheran Church in December of 2012. 

 Pastor Ryan

Pastor Ryan

 Pastor Liz

Pastor Liz

Jean Wilt is our very talented accompanist. She has been playing and teaching piano for many years and plays both traditional and contemporary Christian music. 

 Jean Wilt

Jean Wilt


El Camino Homeless Organization

Atascadero Loaves and Fishes

RISE San Luis Obispo County

Lutheran World Relief

Literacy for Life

Get on the Bus


Southwest California Synod

Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz in Santa Maria, California

Rutilio Grande Iglesia Luterana in El Salvador

Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing

Men in Mission Freeway Cleanup Crew

Quilters of Hope